News – UK – Loss of smell and taste can persist for up to FIVE MONTHS after infection


Posted: 21:00 GMT, 22 February 2021 | Updated: 21:28 GMT, Nov. February 2021

Recovered Covid patients who have lost their sense of smell and taste after being infected with the coronavirus may not be able to see their senses again for five months

Anosmia, the loss or change in smell and taste, is formally recognized as a symptom of a coronavirus infection

Data from the Office of National Statistics shows that half of coronavirus patients get symptoms, with 16 or more patients experiencing symptoms 17 percent have an odor or Show loss of taste

More than a third (38 percent) of those who lost their senses had not fully regained their taste after five months

Recovered Covid patients who have lost their sense of smell and taste after being infected with the coronavirus may not be able to see their senses again until five months later.Anosmia, the loss or change in smell and taste, is formally considered a symptom of a Coronavirus infection (stock)


Anosmia is the medical name for a condition in which someone experiences a total or partial loss of their sense of smell

The single most common cause of the disease – temporary or permanent – is diseases that affect the nose or sinuses, such as polyps that grow in the airways, broken bones or cartilage, hay fever, or tumors

The disease affects approximately 3 million people in the UK and nearly 10 million in the US It is surprisingly common, affecting between three and five percent of people

Head injuries and nervous system disorders such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s can also contribute to the disease by damaging nerves in the nose that are responsible for recognizing smells

Participants in the study completed all questionnaires and completed home tests to assess their sense of taste and smell

These were done an average of five months after Covid-19 was caught Therefore, the researchers cannot say whether the anosmia will last longer or not because the data is not yet available

“While COVID-19 is a new disease, previous research shows that most people lose their sense of smell and taste in the early stages of the disease,” said study author Dr Johannes Frasnelli

‘We wanted to go further and examine how long this loss of smell and taste lasts and how severe it is in people with COVID-19’

People rated their sense of smell and taste on a scale of 0 to 10, with zero being no sense at all and 10 meaning strong sense

The average score for people who recovered from Covid was eight while it was nine for people who got sick

38 percent (200 people) had not regained their sense of taste five months later

“Our results show that a number of people with COVID-19 can persist an impaired sense of smell and taste,” said Dr Frasnelli

‘This underscores the importance of follow-up care for infected individuals and the need for further research to determine the extent of the neurological problems associated with COVID-19’

The study has not yet been peer-reviewed and will be published between Jan. and 22 April on the 73 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology presented

Loss of smell and taste was on 18 Officially recognized as a symptom of Covid on May 28, 2020, and has since become an essential part of the diagnostic process as the only three tell-tale signs of the disease a are fever, cough, or loss of taste and smell, according to the NHS

Researchers at King’s College London (KCL) recently urged policymakers to expand this set of recognized symptoms

Researchers from the University of Quebec studied 813 health care workers who contracted Covid-19.More than a third (38 percent) of those who lost their senses had theirs after five months (inventory)

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They say that adding fatigue, a sore throat, headache, and diarrhea would enable “millions” of unconfirmed cases to be detected

Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer, is already under pressure to change the official list of Covid symptoms after results from a government-run study, REACT, found thousands of infected people were infected due to close guidance the cracks slip

The World Health Organization and officials in the US recognize other less common symptoms such as muscle pain and diarrhea

However, under current test and trace rules, swabs in the UK are restricted to people who have a fever, persistent cough, or loss of smell or taste

Professor Tim Spector, Senior Scientist on the Zoe App and Epidemiologist at King’s College London, said: “We knew from the start that only a targeted test for the classic triad of cough, fever and anosmia would do a significant amount of it misses positive cases

‘We identified anosmia as a symptom back in May and our work has resulted in the government adding it to the list It is now clear that we need to add more

‘By inviting users who are logging new symptoms for a test, we have confirmed that there are many more symptoms of Covid’

A group of 140 family doctors in London echoed this sentiment and urged health chiefs to increase the number of symptoms detected

They say that many patients with milder signs have not even thought they might have the virus and have not isolated themselves when they are most contagious

Doctors add that they need to encourage patients to lie in order to have a test that is only available to those with the three symptoms detected

Extending the program to runny noses in the dead of winter would likely put enormous pressure on the UK test and trace system

Top scientists have been campaigning for the official list to be expanded for months after warning that it wasn’t catching enough infections in its early stages

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News – GB – The loss of smell and taste can persist for up to FIVE MONTHS after infection